Tue 21 October, 2014

20:42 US weighs 'Iraqi request for more advisers'» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Official says request came up in meetings with Iraqi officials as battles with ISIL continue on Iraqi and Syrian fronts.
20:36 Someone put Spotify inside this old cassette recorder» Engadget RSS Feed
The above contraption may look like the kind of cassette player bygone teens used to use to create mix tapes, but it's not -- it's a Raspberry Pi-powered Spotify speaker with NFC-based playlists. Its creator, a British builder named Matt Brailsford,...
20:31 Sons of Anarchy Recap: Eye for an Eye» TVLine » TVLine
Anytime you’re watching Sons of Anarchy — especially this final, gruesome season — you’ve got to prepare yourself for a few casualties. It’s just par for the course with the FX drama, which has racked up an impressive body count in the past six episodes alone. But there are some Sons characters you just hope will never be […]
20:13 Editor who guided Watergate coverage dies» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Ben Bradlee led Washington Post's investigation that toppled President Nixon and brought daily new respect.
20:00 Titan Attack - He's Hungry For Human!» Neatorama

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20:00 Man Falls off Pier While Taking a Selfie» Neatorama

A reporter from a Lebanese news program is interviewing a man standing on a pier. Behind him, another fellow thinks this is a great time to take a selfie with his smartphone. Or he's trying to record the scene in front of him. Anyway, he's not watching where he's walking and goes for a swim.

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-via Ace of Spades HQ

19:47 Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas?» Slashdot
HughPickens.com writes: Arthur Obermayer, a friend of the Isaac Asimov, writes that he recently rediscovered an unpublished essay by Asimov written in 1959 while cleaning out some old files. Obermayer says it is "as broadly relevant today as when he wrote it. It describes not only the creative process and the nature of creative people but also the kind of environment that promotes creativity." Here's an excerpt from Asimov's essay, which is well worth reading in its entirety: "A person willing to fly in the face of reason, authority, and common sense must be a person of considerable self-assurance. Since he occurs only rarely, he must seem eccentric (in at least that respect) to the rest of us. A person eccentric in one respect is often eccentric in others. Probably more inhibiting than anything else is a feeling of responsibility. The great ideas of the ages have come from people who weren't paid to have great ideas, but were paid to be teachers or patent clerks or petty officials, or were not paid at all. The great ideas came as side issues."

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19:33 Windows 10 brings Windows Phone's notification center to the desktop» Engadget RSS Feed
If Windows 10 is going to unify your experiences on devices ranging from smartphones to PCs, it only makes sense that key mobile features would reach the desktop, right? Microsoft certainly thinks so. The team in Redmond has released an updated...
19:14 Fight rages as Yemen misses accord deadline» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Protesters demand Houthi rebels leave Sanaa as deadline to form new government passes without political agreement.
19:13 Google backs Magic Leap, a mysterious augmented reality startup» Engadget RSS Feed
Google has just thrown its weight behind an augmented reality startup shrouded in mystery. Along with Qualcomm and film production Legendary Entertainment (among many other companies), Mountain View has funded Magic Leap to the tune of $542 million....
19:09 Pretty Little Liars Video: 'A' Spreads Holiday Fear in New Christmas Promo» TVLine » TVLine
With Pretty Little Liars‘ Halloween special now behind us, it’s time to focus on the scariest holiday of all: Christmas! RELATED Pretty Little Liars Christmas Episode Sneak Peek: Meet Alison’s New Army Following the hour-long “We Love You to Death” fan tribute, ABC Family on Tuesday released the first official promo for the Dec. 9 Christmas episode, […]
19:00 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Post Mortem: Bobbi's Status, Skye's Origin, Fitz's Fate and More Burning Qs Answered» TVLine » TVLine
That was an episode of television. ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this Tuesday unleashed Bobbi Morse, raised more questions about Skye’s 0-8-4 status and served up a reunion that was weeks (and yet so long) in the making. The eventful hour ended with The Doctor (aka Skye’s father) — who was revealed to be a hair-trigger […]
19:00 20 Things You Might Not Know About The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air» Neatorama

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air was broadcast from 1990 to 1996, and featured the catchiest opening theme of its era. When you look at the acclaim its star Will Smith has achieved in the field of acting -25 feature films so far- it’s hard to believe he was ever a greenhorn. But going into the sitcom in 1990, no one could predict what would happen in the future. Here's a little of what did happen then:

1. Will Smith only agreed to star in the show because he was in serious debt to the IRS.

Smith gained widespread fame as the rapper The Fresh Prince, and with that fame came a significant jump in income. Unfortunately, Smith didn't manage his money wisely or pay enough in income taxes, and he owed the government a whopping $2.8 million. The IRS seized most of his belongings, including his income. The Fresh Prince almost declared bankruptcy—until producer Quincy Jones picked him to star in a new series, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was born.

2. And he had to pay up.

The IRS forced Smith to pay them 70 percent of his salary over the first three seasons.

3. He was almost a total novice.

Smith only had one other TV production under his belt—as a t-shirt salesman on an ABC after school special—when he accepted a role on The Fresh Prince, and is embarrassed by his earliest performances on the show. He had never been formally trained as an actor, and—in some cases—his lack of experience was painfully obvious. "I was trying so hard," he said. "I would memorize the entire script, then I'd be lipping everybody's lines while they were talking. When I watch those episodes, it's disgusting. My performances were horrible."

There are a lot more great tidbits in the list of 20 Things You Might Not Know About The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air at mental_floss, such as Geoffrey’s full name, the inspiration for the Carlton dance, and the show’s various guest stars.

18:44 FKA twigs calls on Google Glass for dance tips in her latest music video» Engadget RSS Feed
FKA twigs already has a reputation for using technology to make artistic statements in her music videos, and her latest takes this to its logical extreme. The two-minute #throughglass promo has twigs using Google Glass to seemingly influence a music...
18:40 Canada blames 'terrorist ideology' for attack» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Terrorism threat level raised as suspect in incident which killed one soldier is identified as a young convert to Islam.
18:37 The Voice Recap: It's Just a Noisy Hall, Where There's a Nightly Brawl» TVLine » TVLine
Heaven help me, I’ve taken to using lyrics from the Broadway musical Chicago in my recap headlines for The Voice. (Sample comment from my husband, reading over my shoulder, “I don’t get that reference. At all.” #GayCardRevoked) But I swear, there’s good reason for my flight of fancy. After all, Season 7’s Blind Auditions yielded […]
18:17 New York financial regulator pushes banks to plug gaps in cybersecurity» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News
(Reuters) - Following the massive cyber attack on the biggest U.S. bank JPMorgan Chase & Co disclosed in August, and other financial institutions, government authorities in United States are pushing financial institutions and brokerage houses to close glaring gaps in cybersecurity. In a letter sent to many banks on Tuesday, the New York State Department of Financial Services superintendent, Benjamin Lawsky, expressed concern about the "level of insight financial institutions have into the sufficiency of cybersecurity controls of their third-party service providers. ...
18:05 EMC to acquire much of Cisco's stake in joint venture VCE: Bloomberg» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News
(Reuters) - Data storage products maker EMC Corp is buying much of Cisco System Inc's stake in their joint venture VCE, Bloomberg said, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The VCE joint venture, set up in 2009 as a one-stop shop for data centers, bundles Cisco's networking equipment and servers with EMC's storage gear and software from EMC's VMware Inc subsidiary. EMC will merge VCE into its business and consolidate its sales into its quarterly results, Bloomberg reported. The change is expected to be made public on Wednesday, sources told Bloomberg. ...
18:01 The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 review» Engadget RSS Feed
It's a conflicting time for Apple. On one hand, it's a joyous occasion for the company because its latest iPhones, which come in larger screen sizes than the last, set new sales records worldwide; but on the other hand, its lineup of iPads just...
18:00 The Flash Recap: The 'Chosen' One» TVLine » TVLine
This week on The CW’s The Flash, the latest adversary was a real gas, flashbacks revealed how Caitlin’s fiance was felled on a stormy night, The Old Flash “met” the new one and we learned a shocking truth about how Barry landed on the fast track. Whereas last week I took issue with the kiddie-centric […]
18:00 Geek Singularity: Benedict Cumberbatch Dressed as Sherlock, Looking at a Poster of Himself as Star Trek’s Khan» Neatorama

(Photo: Robert Viglasy)

Obviously this should inspire a crossover in which Sherlock Holmes enters the Star Trek universe to hunt down Khan, who has escaped from his cryogenic pod.

Or, alternately, Khan enters the Sherlock universe, and switches places with Holmes. John Watson and Bilbo Baggins must determine who is who.

-via The Mary Sue

17:48 Interview with Delilah S. Dawson! Whimseydark, Vampires and Ikea» Boing Boing

We had a lovely time chatting with author Delilah S. Dawson about her struggles with Ikea furniture, brilliance on Twitter and the coining of Whimsydark. There's also a fair amount about blud and humans.

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17:42 Israeli troops 'abuse' Palestinian boy» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Video purportedly shows soldiers blindfolding and handcuffing disabled 11-year-old boy for throwing stones.
17:36 Fiber Optics In Antarctica Will Monitor Ice Sheet Melting» Slashdot
sciencehabit writes: Earth is rapidly being wired with fiber-optic cables — inexpensive, flexible strands of silicon dioxide that have revolutionized telecommunications. They've already crisscrossed the planet's oceans, linking every continent but one: Antarctica. Now, fiber optics has arrived at the continent, but to measure ice sheet temperatures rather than carry telecommunication signals. A team of scientists using an innovative fiber-optic cable–based technology has measured temperature changes within and below the ice over 14 months. This technology, they say, offers a powerful new tool to observe and quantify melting at the base of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.

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17:28 31 communities vow to create local gigabit broadband» Boing Boing
Across the US, 31 communities have joined forces to make the dream of fast, affordable, and reliable gigabit-speed broadband a local reality. The Next Century Cities program, launched this week, hopes to defeat the forces holding broadband back. The 31 inaugural signatories are: Read the rest
17:27 HP to show off its 3D-scanning 'Sprout' PC next week» Engadget RSS Feed
HP is synonymous with mass-market PCs and notebooks, but according to a report from Re/code, HP is trying it proverbial hand at something new. According to the usual slew of unnamed sources, the company (which is currently undergoing some business...
17:11 Nina Dobrev on The Originals: First Photos of Doppelganger Tatia» TVLine » TVLine
Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to Nina Dobrev‘s wildest doppelganger yet. RELATED Nina Dobrev, Joseph Morgan on Tatia’s Originals Crossover: ‘It’s Shocking’ The CW on Tuesday released the first photos from Dobrev’s appearance on the Nov. 3 episode of The Originals, in which she plays Tatia, the former lover of both Klaus and Elijah Mikaelson. “It’s […]
17:06 North Korea frees detained American» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans arrested by the communist state, being flown home to Ohio by US military jet.
17:00 Banksy's Vermeer» Neatorama

 recently took on Dutch master of light Johannes Vermeer in this new work near the harbor in Bristol, England. See more shots of Banksy's nod to Girl With a Pearl Earring, called Girl With a Pierced Eardrum, at Juxtapoz.

Look for an upcoming HBO special called "Banksy Does New York" on November 17th. 


16:54 The Oak Island Money Pit» Boing Boing

Nova Scotia’s Oak Island hides a famously booby-trapped treasure cache — or so goes the legend. In this episode of the Futility Closet podcast, we review the many attempts to recover the treasure and wonder who could have engineered such a site, what might be hidden there — and whether, indeed, it contains anything at all. We also puzzle over what a woman’s errands can tell us about how her husband died.

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16:48 Engadget Daily: a real-life hoverboard, a TV show for Vine celebrities, and more!» Engadget RSS Feed
Yes, it's true: Our own Sean Buckley rode a real-life hoverboard. But that's not all we have for you on this fine day -- read on for the rest of our news highlights from the last 24 hours, including the Avi-on Bluetooth light switch, an app that...
16:36 Microsoft Introduces Build Cadence Selection With Windows 10» Slashdot
jones_supa writes: Microsoft has just released Windows 10 TP build 9860. Along with the new release, Microsoft is introducing an interesting cadence option for how quickly you will receive new builds. The "ring progression" goes from development, to testing, to release. By being in the slow cadence, you will get more stable builds, but they will arrive less often. By choosing the fast option, it allows you to receive the build on the same day that it is released. As a quick stats update, to date Microsoft has received over 250,000 pieces of feedback through the Windows Feedback tool, 25,381 community forum posts, and 641 suggestions in the Windows Suggestion Box.

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16:36 Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard» Slashdot
Lasrick writes: David Ropeik explores risk-perception psychology and Ebola in the U.S. "[O]fficials are up against the inherently emotional and instinctive nature of risk-perception psychology. Pioneering research on this subject by Paul Slovic, Baruch Fischhoff, and others, vast research on human cognition by Daniel Kahneman and colleagues, and research on the brain's fear response by neuroscientists Joseph LeDoux, Elizabeth Phelps, and others, all make abundantly clear that the perception of risk is not simply a matter of the facts, but more a matter of how those facts feel. ... People worry more about risks that are new and unfamiliar. People worry more about risks that cause greater pain and suffering. People worry more about threats against which we feel powerless, like a disease for which there is no vaccine and which has a high fatality rate if you get it. And people worry more about threats the more available they are to their consciousness—that is, the more aware people are of them."

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16:13 Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Arrow, Grey's, Supe, NCIS, Once, Grimm, Mindy, Brooklyn, Hawaii Five-0 and More» TVLine » TVLine
Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Send any/all of the above to askausiello@tvline.com Question: Grey’s Anatomy intel please? —Sammi Ausiello: Amelia’s past substance-abuse issues — specifically the massive relapse she suffered while starring on a little show called Private Practice — will become a majorly hot topic around Grey Sloan Memorial in the Nov. […]
16:13 Michigan's new law 'clarifies' ban on Tesla's direct sales model» Engadget RSS Feed
If you're hoping to find a Tesla Motors store in Motor City, you may be waiting a long, long time. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed House Bill 5606 into law, explicitly banning Tesla's direct sales model in the state. Snyder contends that the...
16:05 Your daily kitten photos: Skittles, who is adoptable in Brooklyn» Boing Boing

Some great photos by reader A. Cromwell, shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. Read the rest

16:00 IKEA Ad Recreates Danny's Big Wheel Ride from The Shining» Neatorama

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This commercial for IKEA Singapore reproduces the scene from Kubrick's The Shining in which Danny rides his Big Wheel through the Overlook Hotel and runs into twin trouble. Don't look now... I think one of the twins needs a shave. -Via Laughing Squid

15:57 Fairies in real life riding on an elephant's back, no big deal» Boing Boing


A photo by reader Fred Facker, shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. (more…)

15:49 Sweden hunts for mystery undersea intruder, could be Russia or possibly Nessie» Boing Boing
The Swedish minesweeper HMS Kullen and a guard boat are seen in the search for suspected 'foreign underwater activity' at Namdo Bay, Stockholm October 21, 2014. [TT News Agency]

The Swedish minesweeper HMS Kullen and a guard boat are seen in the search for suspected 'foreign underwater activity' at Namdo Bay, Stockholm October 21, 2014.
[TT News Agency]

Sweden's military is working on two new observations that could be evidence of suspected "foreign underwater activity" near the country's capital, said a senior naval officer today. Read the rest

15:49 All 'Simpsons' episodes are now available for streaming» Engadget RSS Feed
The wait is over, people of the interwebs. Right on cue, Fox has launched Simpsons World, the online hub where it will be streaming every Simpsons episode ever broadcasted. Even though the content is free to browse, you do need a cable login to start...
15:36 Google Leads $542m Funding Round For Augmented Reality Wearables Company» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes: After rumors broke last week, Magic Leap has officially closed the deal on a $542 million Series B investment led by Google. The company has been extremely tight-lipped about what they're working on, but some digging reveals it is most likely an augmented reality wearable that uses a lightfield display. "Using our Dynamic Digitized Lightfield Signal, imagine being able to generate images indistinguishable from real objects and then being able to place those images seamlessly into the real world," the company teases. Having closed an investment round, Magic Leap is now soliciting developers to create for their platform and hiring a huge swath of positions.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

15:33 VIDEO: You can't hammer a nail over the internet (yet)» Boing Boing
Economist Alan Blinder famously quipped, "You can't hammer a nail over the internet." YouTuber TheGoodRobot created this tongue-in-cheek attempt to prove Blinder right. Read the rest
15:25 Watch: Pibot, a robotic pilot to fly planes that were designed to be operated by humans» Boing Boing

In South Korea, researchers are developing a robotic pilot that could one day replace humans in the cockpit. Read the rest

15:23 Sleepy Hollow's Founding Mother Is... Buffy Vet Michelle Trachtenberg!» TVLine » TVLine
We’ve met Sleepy Hollow‘s versions of historical figures like George Washington and Ben Franklin; now the Fox drama is about to remember the ladies. Michelle Trachtenberg has been cast as founding mother Abigail Adams, TVLine has learned exclusively. The Buffy the Vampire vet will play the First Lady — her husband was John Adams, America’s second president — in an upcoming episode. In addition […]
15:21 Vine for iOS now lets you follow channels to get their best videos» Engadget RSS Feed
Vine is full of video creators talented enough to score TV deals, but keeping up with them has usually meant either following them one-by-one or browsing channels for ages. You have a much easier way to catch up on those clips as of today, though:...
15:00 How Little Girls See Barbie» Neatorama

People worry that Barbie dolls with their unreal figures present an unattainable ideal for a woman’s appearance, which can be stifling to a young girls’s ego. But the kids who really play with Barbies are typically between 3 and 7 years old. I can totally relate to this. Relatives would buy my daughters Barbies left and right, and my kids would cut their hair, paint them, draw tattoos on them, amputate a few limbs, and they even made one into a male because they didn’t have enough Ken dolls. This story is from John McNamee at Pie Comic.

14:58 White rhino subspecies is down to one breeding male» Boing Boing
Sad news from Kenya: the northern white rhino subspecies is down to one breeding male with the death of Suni this month. Only six remain. Read the rest
14:55 Nurse Nina Pham's Condition Is Improved» LiveScience.com
Nurse Nina Pham, who contracted Ebola at a Dallas hospital while caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, is now in "good" condition, according to a statement from the National Institutes of Health.
14:45 WATCH: Glowy Zoey's 2014 LED costume is Minnie Mouse» Boing Boing
Royce Hutain of GlowyZoey.com returns after last year's hit costume for daughter Zoey. This year's rainbow LED and Velcro homage to Minnie Mouse includes instructions on making your own. Read the rest
14:44 FTC appoints privacy consultant as its new Chief Technologist» Engadget RSS Feed
The Federal Trade Commission has just appointed Ashkan Soltani, an independent consultant on privacy and security matters, as its new Chief Technologist. Soltani's most recent accomplishments include contributing to the Washington Post's coverage on...
14:35 Make this nifty indoor boomerang» Boing Boing

From Futility Closet: a cool little paper boomerang.

Mathematician Yutaka Nishiyama of the Osaka University of Economics has designed a nifty paper boomerang that you can use indoors.

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14:34 The Future of Stamps» Slashdot
New submitter Kkloe writes: Wired is running a profile of a gadget called Signet, which is trying to bring postage stamps into the age of high technology. Quoting: "At its core, it is a digital stamp and an app. If you want to send a parcel, you'd simply stamp it with a device that uses a laser to etch it with your name and a unique identifying pattern. After that, the USPS would pick up your package; from there, the app would prompt you to provide the name of the person you're trying to reach." I'm curious whether such a finely-detailed etching can even survive a journey. How far can you expect it to travel before all the handling and sorting make the mark unreadable to the sorting machines in the delivery office? Then you'd have to worry the post office would mark it as a fraudulent stamp (as someone has to pay for the shipping in some way) and either return it or throw it away.

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14:34 The Bogus Batoid Submarine is Wooden, not Yellow (Video)» Slashdot
This is a "wet" submarine. It doesn't try to keep water out. You wear SCUBA gear while pedaling it. And yes, it is powered by a person pushing pedals. That motion, through a drive train, makes manta-style wings flap. This explains the name, since rays are Batoids, and this sub is a fake Batoid, not a real one. It's a beautiful piece of work, and Martin Plazyk is obviously proud to show it off. He and his father, Bruce, operate as Faux Fish Technologies. Follow that link and you'll see many photos, along with a nice selection of videos showing their creations not just in static above-water displays, but in their natural (underwater) element. Meanwhile, here on Slashdot, Martin tells how Faux Fish subs are made. (Alternate Video Link)

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14:16 All that money Yahoo spent on mobile is paying off» Engadget RSS Feed
There's no doubt about it: the future is mobile, and it looks like Yahoo's finally making the pocket-friendly needle move. The company's quarterly earnings dropped not too long ago, in which CEO Marissa Mayer pointed out that Yahoo's mobile revenue...
14:12 Infosec Taylor Swift's cyber-philosophical musings» Boing Boing
Do you like your cyberphilosophy delivered via the dulcet voice of America's country music treasure Taylor Swift? Head over to Twitter and follow @SwiftOnSecurity. Below are a few of her most incisive critiques of techno-utopianism. Read the rest
14:05 Pistorius trial: Was justice served?» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
The South African track star is handed a five year sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
14:00 The Fifty Weirdest Movies Ever Made» Neatorama

James Woods and Deborah Harry in Videodrome

Flavorwire assembled a list of their nominations for the fifty weirdest films in existence. While "weird" is subjective, I think it's safe to say that the films they listed would pass the weird test of most people out there.

One of the more mainstream titles is David Cronenberg's Videodrome. Certainly a film I will never forget watching for the first time. Seeing James Woods catch on to the Videodrome secret was shocking, somewhat repulsive and great, all at the same time. 

See the list of all 50 films here. Weigh in with your opinions of their selections in comments, if you're so inclined. Do you have any other nominations?

Image: Criterion

13:59 Hong Kong talks fail to break impasse» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
No progress made as student leaders and government officials hold talks aimed at ending street protests.
13:49 MLB is bringing Apple Pay to the 2014 World Series» Engadget RSS Feed
Tonight, Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants will begin battling it out for Major League Baseball's biggest prize: the World Series. And to make things better for ballpark attendees, MLB and MasterCard have announced that Kauffman Stadium...
13:44 Exclusive: Ex-spy chief's private firm ends deal with U.S. official» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Former National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander participates in a panel discussionBy Warren Strobel and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former National Security Agency director Keith Alexander has ended a deal with a senior U.S. intelligence official allowing the official to work part-time for his firm, an arrangement current and former officials said risked a conflict of interest. Reuters reported on Friday that the U.S. National Security Agency had launched an internal review of the arrangement between NSA Chief Technical Officer Patrick Dowd and IronNet Cybersecurity Inc, which is led by Alexander, his former boss. ...

13:33 American businesses devour themselves to enrich the 1%» Boing Boing

A Goldman Sachs report on stock buybacks shows a suspicious clustering in the fourth quarter, just when management bonuses are being calculated. Read the rest

13:32 Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs» Slashdot
Lucas123 writes: Samsung has issued a firmware fix for a bug on its popular 840 EVO triple-level cell SSD. The bug apparently slows read performance tremendously for any data more than a month old that has not been moved around on the NAND. Samsung said in a statement that the read problems occurred on its 2.5-in 840 EVO SSDs and 840 EVO mSATA drives because of an error in the flash management software algorithm. Some users on technical blog sites, such as Overclock.net, say the problem extends beyond the EVO line. They also questioned whether the firmware upgrade was a true fix or if it just covers up the bug by moving data around the SSD.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

13:31 Egypt sets appeal date for Al Jazeera staff» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Jailed Al Jazeera journalists to appear in court on January 1 to appeal against their convictions.
13:30 Revolution Alum Joins Bates Motel» TVLine » TVLine
Revolution‘s Tracy Spiridakos is adding a little electricity to Bates Motel. TVLine has learned that the actress is joining the A&E thriller’s upcoming third season in the recurring role of Annika Johnson, a mystery woman who shows up at the motel. RELATED Ask Ausiello: Spoilers onVampire Diaries, Walking Dead, Bones, Bates, Dixie, Chi Fire, Witches and More Our theory (based […]
13:27 How a Liberian Rubber Plant Prevented Ebola Spread» LiveScience.com
The rate of Ebola cases in a part of Liberia where one rubber tree plantation operates is far lower than in other parts of the country.
13:15 From Friendster to Facebook: Social networking do's and don'ts» Engadget RSS Feed
Have you ever heard of Pownce? How about Jaiku? Maybe even something called Yahoo 360? If you haven't, don't worry. You're probably not alone. These are just a few of the many social networks that have come and gone, most of them vanishing either...
13:14 The Walking Dead's Chad Coleman Tapped for SVU's NFL Violence Episode» TVLine » TVLine
Law & Order: SVU is tackling the issue of domestic violence in professional sports with a little help from a Walking Dead favorite. RELATED The Walking Dead Recap: Meat ‘N’ Greet Chad Coleman — better known to TWD fans as Tyreese Williams — will guest-star on the NBC procedural’s Nov. 19 episode, titled “Spousal Privilege,” playing a football player-turned-reporter who is caught abusing his […]
13:04 WATCH: 8-Bit Silence of the Lambs» Boing Boing

Daniel writes, "As Halloween draws closer, CineFix presents The Silence of The Lambs retold via old-school 8-bit (and a little 16 bit) game tech." (Thanks, Daniel!)

13:01 Diet Supplements Contain Illegal Drugs Years After Recalls » LiveScience.com
Many dietary supplements that have been recalled can still be purchased years later, and they often contain the same banned ingredients that led to their recall in the first place, a new study finds.
13:01 WATCH: Well-trained protection dog» Boing Boing

The dog is a great listener, but I still wouldn't want to be the guy with the padded arm. [via]

13:00 The Modern Monster Mash» Neatorama

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The Key of Awesome brings us an update to the classic song “The Monster Mash,” with Frank lamenting the current state of monster movies. Too violent, too shocking, too gross! Modern horror characters show up at the party, including Hannibal Lecter, Freddy Krueger, and the Human Centipede. Concerning that last one, the video contains NSFW language and subject matter. -via Tastefully Offensive

12:58 Database of military surplus equipment sold to US police forces» Boing Boing

Kyle writes, "The US Department of Defense has a specific program to provide: "surplus DoD military equipment to state and local civilian law enforcement agencies for use in counter-narcotics and counter-terrorism operations, and to enhance officer safety" (Excess Property Program, or 1033 Program). This equipment can account for things like planes and helicopters, grenade launchers and assault rifles. Read the rest

12:53 8-Legged Beasts: Incredible Spider Photos from Live Science Readers» LiveScience.com
Spiders — whether you abhor them or adore them, you certainly can't ignore them. We asked our readers to send us their coolest arachnid photos, and they happily obliged.
12:50 Cassette player uses Raspberry Pi to play Spotify music» Boing Boing

Matt Brailsford combined an old cassette player with a Raspberry Pi. When you insert a cassette (that has has an NFC tag associate with a playlist), it streams music from Spotify.

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12:42 Sean Parker's post-wedding punishment includes making a beach-finding app» Engadget RSS Feed
A few things happened after Napster co-founder and former Facebook president Sean Parker got married in a gorgeous redwood forest in Big Sur, California. The California Coastal Commission took him to task for creating a bizarre fantasy realm without...
12:41 In Photos: Engraving Honoring Emperor Hadrian Found In Jerusalem» LiveScience.com
A piece of limestone commemorating the Roman emperor Hadrian has been discovered in Jerusalem. It's possible that the engraving will offer clues about life in Jerusalem at the time of its carving in 129-130.
12:39 US Army's Laser Gun Can Blast Enemy Drones: How It Works» LiveScience.com
For the U.S. military, laser guns aren't sci-fi tech; they're a reality.
12:24 NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders» Slashdot
gollum123 writes: Back in the day, computer science was as legitimate a career path for women as medicine, law, or science. But in 1984, the number of women majoring in computing-related subjects began to fall, and the percentage of women is now significantly lower in CS than in those other fields. NPR's Planet Money sought to answer a simple question: Why? According to the show's experts, computers were advertised as a "boy's toy." This, combined with early '80s geek culture staples like the book Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution, as well as movies like War Games and Weird Science, conspired to instill the perception that computers were primarily for men.

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12:24 Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk» Slashdot
New submitter tiberus sends word of a breakthrough medical treatment that has restored the ability to walk to a man who was paralyzed from the chest down after his spinal cord was severed in a knife attack. A research team from the UK, led by Professor Geoff Raisman, transplanted cells from the patient's nose, along with strips of nerve tissue from his ankle, to the place where the spine was severed. This allowed the fibers in the spinal cord to gradually reconnect. The treatment used olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) - specialist cells that form part of the sense of smell. ... In the first of two operations, surgeons removed one of the patient's olfactory bulbs and grew the cells in culture. Two weeks later they transplanted the OECs into the spinal cord, which had been cut through in the knife attack apart from a thin strip of scar tissue on the right. They had just a drop of material to work with - about 500,000 cells. About 100 micro-injections of OECs were made above and below the injury. Four thin strips of nerve tissue were taken from the patient's ankle and placed across an 8mm (0.3in) gap on the left side of the cord. ... Two years after the treatment, he can now walk outside the rehabilitation center using a frame.

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12:03 Rainn Wilson is making a TV show starring Vine celebrities» Engadget RSS Feed
Best known for his roles in The Office and The Rocker, actor-turned-producer Rainn Wilson is reportedly getting ready to bring some of Vine's biggest personalities to TV. According to Deadline, Wilson is set to produce a comedy show called Hollywood...
12:00 A Velvet Worm Named for Totoro» WIRED
A Velvet Worm Named for Totoro

This velvet worm is so cute it's named for Totoro. Too bad it's a slime-spewing killer.

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12:00 This Dress Is Made of Chocolate» Neatorama

(Photo: Splash News)

This dress was made for the UK’s Chocolate Week.

In other news: the United Kingdom has a Chocolate Week. What does that mean? I choose to avoid further investigation, lest it damage my fantasy of a week-long celebration of chocolate by the people of the UK.

For Chocolate Week, Caroline McCall, a wardrobe designer for Downton Abbey, made this Art Deco-inspired dress. It took 3 months and 132 pounds of chocolate, a few of which presumably did not make it into the actual dress but were judiciously expended in the creative process.

-via Foodiggity

11:49 Video: Meet some creepy, eerie see critters who live deep down in the ocean depths» Boing Boing
A Halloween video to introduce you to some of the blob-like creatures found at the deeper depths of our ocean. Read the rest
11:44 Color gradient art installation made from thousands of objects, by Dan Tobin Smith» Boing Boing

Loving this massive, overwhelming color gradient installation by Dan Tobin Smith. Read the rest

11:44 Is Victor wrong? (UPDATED FOR MORE AWESOMENESS.)» The Bloggess
Last week I tweeted: I’m forever googling ridiculous things to prove Victor wrong in our debates. I need a website that just says: “YOU’RE WRONG, VICTOR.” It would save me so much time. And I could use that time to … Continue reading
11:38 Google Acquires Cloud Database Company Firebase» WIRED
Google Acquires Cloud Database Company Firebase

Google announced today that it is acquiring cloud hosted database company Firebase. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Google will continue to offer Firebase’s services as part of its Google Cloud Platform line. “If you’re a developer who has built an app on top of Firebase, nothing will change for you and you […]

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11:37 The Immortal Zoo: animal bone sculptures from Jessica Joslin» Boing Boing
Jessica Joslin uses animal bones and found objects to create delicate, expressive sculptures. Read the rest
11:32 Vote Chewbacca» Boing Boing

Men walk past a pre-election poster with a portrait of a candidate from the Internet party of Ukraine, Stepan Chewbacca, in the centre of Kiev

Men walk past a pre-election poster with a portrait of a candidate from the Internet party of Ukraine, Stepan Chewbacca, in the centre of Kiev October 21, 2014. (more…)

11:30 Beware, Playing Lots of Chess Will Shrink Your Brain!» WIRED
Beware, Playing Lots of Chess Will Shrink Your Brain!

The newspapers love using neuroscience findings to make us feel bad about our less salubrious habits. Earlier this year they had a field day with a study that purported to show time spent watching online porn shrinks the brain. Even more recently, we were warned about multi-tasking with our digital devices: “Multi-tasking makes your brain smaller,” exclaimed […]

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11:30 Polygon paper skull mask» Boing Boing
Etsyer Wintercroft offers plans and instructions to make your own 3D polygon skull mask from cardboard. Read the rest
11:24 What's the best way to weaken crypto?» Boing Boing

Daniel Bernstein, the defendant in the landmark lawsuit that legalized cryptography (over howls of protest from the NSA) engages in a thought-experiment about how the NSA might be secretly undermining crypto through sabotage projects like BULLRUN/EDGEHILL.

Making sure crypto stays insecure [PDF/Daniel J Bernstein]

(via O'Reilly Radar)

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11:18 Apple acknowledges iCloud attack, says servers were not affected» Engadget RSS Feed
Following reports yesterday that China was secretly collecting data from iCloud users, Apple has confirmed to Dow Jones that it is aware of network attacks on its service. The iPhone maker said it knows about "intermittent organized network attacks"...
11:17 Ask Slashdot: Event Sign-Up Software Options For a Non-Profit?» Slashdot
New submitter don_e_b writes I have been asked by a non-profit to help them gather a team of volunteer developers, who they wish to have write an online volunteer sign-up site. This organization has a one large event per year with roughly 1400 volunteers total.I have advised them to investigate existing online volunteer offerings, and they can afford to pay for most that I've found so far. In the past two years, they have used a site written by a volunteer that has worked fine for them, but that volunteer is unavailable to maintain or enhance his site this year. They believe the existing online volunteer sign-up sites are not quite right — they feel they have very specific sign-up needs, and can not picture using anything other than their own custom software solution. I am convinced it's a mistake for this non-profit to create a software development team from a rotating pool of volunteers to write software upon which it is critically dependent. How would you convince them to abandon their plan to dive into project management and use an existing solution?

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11:16 SkyMall parody better than the real thing» Boing Boing

For years, airlines have provided complimentary seatback copies of the SkyMall catalog for passengers who don't know what to do with their used chewing gum.

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11:15 NSFW: sex and ASMR» Boing Boing

Autonomous sensory meridian response is a weird superpower/idiosyncrasy that makes you really (really!) enjoy soft noises and other gentle stimulus; in a guest cartoon on the awesomely dirty Oh Joy Sex Toy, Grace Allison offers some practical tips for exploring the erotic side of ASMR. Read the rest

11:13 Rare Inscription Hailing Emperor Hadrian Unearthed in Jerusalem» LiveScience.com
A newly uncovered large slab of limestone with an official commemoration to the Roman Emperor Hadrian may help researchers understand the events that led to the Bar Kokhba revolt in the early second century, experts said.
11:10 Adults Often Make Mistakes When Medicating Children | Video » LiveScience.com
A study conducted by the Nationwide Children's Hospital found that between 2002-2012 700,000 children under the age of 6 were given wrong doses of medication. The hospital offers tips on how to administer medicine to kids.
11:08 PhotoMath uses your phone's camera to solve equations» Engadget RSS Feed
Need a little help getting through your next big math exam? MicroBlink has an app that could help you study more effectively -- perhaps too effectively. Its newly unveiled PhotoMath for iOS and Windows Phone (Android is due in early 2015) uses your...
11:00 Why CFOs Should Embrace SysAdmins» WIRED
Why CFOs Should Embrace SysAdmins

Traditionally, CFOs love developers because they create product. We tend to invest in developers, and expect efficiency from sysadmins. That’s because CFOs often see IT as a cost center, and sysadmins as the people who keep the lights on. Devs are seen as creating innovation, while sysadmins are there to make sure that innovation runs, […]

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11:00 Could Virtual Care Heal the Health System?» WIRED
Could Virtual Care Heal the Health System?

How many times have you been sick and tried to get an appointment with your doctor, only to find out that he or she had no openings for the next three days? Or maybe you got sick over a weekend or in the middle of the night, when your doctor’s office was closed, and had […]

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11:00 Marcel the Shell with Shoes On is Back!» Neatorama

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Marcel the Shell with Shoes On is an adorable little mollusk with one eye, two shoes, and a can-do attitude. He’s the creation of Dean Fleischer-Camp and Jenny Slate, who debuted on the internet in 2010. Marcel returned with a second video a year later, and finally in 2014, we have a new Marcel video. If you don’t recall the first two, or you remember how much you liked them, you can continue reading to see the other Marcel videos.

10:51 Ingrown Toenail? How to Snip It the Right Way» LiveScience.com
Nobody likes ingrown toenails, but clipping off the offending bit might only make it worse. Now, a look at the physics of nail growth reveals the best way to cut an ingrown nail.
10:42 Downton Abbey costume» Boing Boing

Rob Cockerham says: "I finished my halloween costume, it is Downton Abbey. The abbey itself."

10:39 Video: Killer Whales Caught in Stunning Drone Footage» LiveScience.com
A population of killer whales has been captured playing, chasing prey and socializing in gorgeous video taken by a tiny unmanned drone.
10:36 Atom-scale brain sensors will show exactly how your mind works» Engadget RSS Feed
Neural activity maps frequently present an incomplete picture of how a brain works; you can measure electrical activity, stimulate it or visualize the anatomy, but you can't do all three. DARPA and the University of Wisconsin might just pull off that...
10:32 Yahoo in talks to buy ad service BrightRoll: TechCrunch» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

A Yahoo logo is pictured in front of a building in Rolle(Reuters) - Online search and advertising company Yahoo Inc is in talks to buy digital video advertising service provider BrightRoll for around $700 million, tech blog TechCrunch reported. Term sheets have been signed and the price, if the deal is completed, looks likely to be in the region of $700 million–$725 million, the blog reported, without citing sources. BrightRoll, which helps advertisers to publish ads on websites, mobiles and connected TVs, raised over $40 million from investors and had over $100 million in revenue in 2013, according to the report. (http://tcrn. ...

10:27 Punk: The Best of Punk Magazine» Boing Boing

My punk coming of age happened in the early 1980s, and by then the music had morphed into hardcore, with its shaved heads, flannel shirts tied around waists, and a sometimes disheartening snot-nosed machismo. Read the rest

10:15 Photos: Drone Reveals Killer Whales» LiveScience.com
A tiny drone has captured stunning images of a killer whale pod, revealing which whales are pregnant and malnourished.
10:11 Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices» Slashdot
itwbennett (1594911) writes A partnership between TV measurement company Nielsen and analytics provider Adobe, announced today, will let broadcasters see (in aggregate and anonymized) how people interact with digital video between devices — for example if you begin watching a show on Netflix on your laptop, then switch to a Roku set-top box to finish it. The information learned will help broadcasters decide what to charge advertisers, and deliver targeted ads to viewers. Broadcasters can use the new Nielsen Digital Content Ratings, as they're called, beginning early next year. Early users include ESPN, Sony Pictures Television, Turner Broadcasting and Viacom.

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10:11 Google Adds USB Security Keys To 2-Factor Authentication Options» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from VentureBeat: Google today announced it is beefing up its two-step verification feature with Security Key, a physical USB second factor that only works after verifying the login site is truly a Google website. The feature is available in Chrome: Instead of typing in a code, you can simply insert Security Key into your computer's USB port and tap it when prompted by Google's browser. "When you sign into your Google Account using Chrome and Security Key, you can be sure that the cryptographic signature cannot be phished," Google promises. While Security Key works with Google Accounts at no charge, you'll need to go out and buy a compatible USB device directly from a Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) participating vendor.

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10:05 Gina Trapani's favorite apps» Boing Boing

On the latest episode of the Cool Tools Show, Lifehacker founder and ThinkUp co-founder, Gina Trapani introduces us to a few web based apps that offer elegant design and features well worth their minuscule prices.

Cool Tools Show #12: Co-founder of ThinkUp, Gina Trapani

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10:04 Google now lets you prove your identity with a USB security key» Engadget RSS Feed
It shouldn't surprise you that Google's a big proponent of online security, and that's why it's rolling out support for a new way to prove you are you who are: a USB Security Key. Google's normal approach to two-step authorization involves getting a...
10:02 A Fire-Safety Nightlight That Offers a New Take on the Smart Home» WIRED
A Fire-Safety Nightlight That Offers a New Take on the Smart Home

The LEEO nightlight is just the first in what will be a series of connected devices designed for regular people.

The post A Fire-Safety Nightlight That Offers a New Take on the Smart Home appeared first on WIRED.

10:00 Hazard Minion - The Bedo Spells Disaster» Neatorama

Hazard Minion by Io Vorro

The Minions had installed a new security alert system in the compound, and it was driving Gru mad! Their annoying creation sounded just like those little buggers, and the amount of accidents caused by Minions meant that alarm system kept ringing all day and brought the fact that those little yellow pill shaped people he had working for him were extremely accident prone! Gru wondered what they would do if they didn't have him around to clean up their messes as he heard the alarm sound again, and soon the alarm sound was joined by the sound of screaming Minions...

You'd have to be bananas not to bring home this Hazard Minion t-shirt by Io Vorro, it's the perfect way to show the world you're a big time Minion fan...and a bit accident prone!

Visit Io Vorro's Facebook fan page, Tumblr and Twitter, then head on over to her NeatoShop for more delightful designs:

September FringeTrooperRumplestilz/Mr. Gold

Alice In Wonderland

View more designs by Io Vorro | More Funny T-shirts | New T-Shirts

Are you a professional illustrator or T-shirt designer? Let's chat! Sell your designs on the NeatoShop and get featured in front of tons of potential new fans on Neatorama!

10:00 "Ghost" Portraits From the Early Twentieth Century» Neatorama

Englishman William Hope worked as a carpenter until he realized that there were scams to be performed and money to be made in fooling grief-stricken individuals and families who were desperate for a supernatural sign that their deceased loved ones were at peace. By 1905, Hope's career in "spirit photography" was in full swing, as he shot portraits and double exposed the sitters with the "ghosts" of their family members. 

Even Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a fan, and he wrote The Case for Spirit Photography in support of Hope’s duplicitous business. In the end, Hope's trickery was exposed in 1922. I know they're hoky, but there's still something unsettling and creepy about them to me. Read more about Hope and see the rest of this photo collection here.  


09:37 Dish loses Cartoon Network, CNN and other Turner channels» Engadget RSS Feed
Starting today, Dish customers will no longer have access to a number of networks from Turner Broadcasting, after both parties couldn't come to terms on a contract extension for these. Among the channels now removed from Dish's programming are:...
09:30 Mayokero» Neatorama

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The music video for Roy Kafri’s song “Mayokero” is a little different. The album covers do the singing! Well, some of the covers sing, others are beatboxing. The video was directed by Vania Heymann, who gave us the interactive Video for "Like A Rolling Stone" and The Walking Contest. -Thanks, Daniel Koren!

09:06 Safercar.gov Overwhelmed By Recall For Deadly Airbags» Slashdot
darylb writes "The NHTSA's safercar.gov website appears to be suffering under the load of recent vehicle recalls, including the latest recall of some 4.7 million vehicles using airbags made by Takata. Searching recalls by VIN is non-responsive at present. Searching by year, make, and model hangs after selecting the year. What can sites serving an important public function do to ensure they stay running during periods of unexpected load?" More on the airbag recall from The New York Times and the Detroit Free Press.

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09:06 'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand» Slashdot
jones_supa writes The last emblems of Nokia are being removed from Microsoft products. "Microsoft Lumia" is the new brand name that takes their place. The name change follows a slow transition from Nokia.com over to Microsoft's new mobile site, and Nokia France will be the first of many countries that adopt "Microsoft Lumia" for its Facebook, Twitter, and other social media accounts. Microsoft has confirmed to The Verge that other countries will follow the rebranding steps in the coming weeks. Nokia itself continues as a reborn company focusing on mapping and network infrastructure services.

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09:00 New Tablet Case Recognizes Sign Language and Translates It Into Text» WIRED
New Tablet Case Recognizes Sign Language and Translates It Into Text

The UNI tablet case uses gesture recognition technology to translate sign language into audible speech.

The post New Tablet Case Recognizes Sign Language and Translates It Into Text appeared first on WIRED.

09:00 Fifty+ Examples of Beautiful Currency» Neatorama

Fiji - Fiive Dollars

There's nothing like having a wallet full of cash. Yet United States' bills are bland when compared with some of these brightly colored currencies from other countries. Filled with multicolored, detailed images, seeing them almost makes one want to take Washington and Hamilton and trade them in for something a little flashier. 

See more examples of beautiful currency from around the world here. 

Qatar - Qatar Riyal

 China - 100 Renminbi

 Hong Kong - Ten Dollars

 Bermuda - Two Dollars

 Egypt - Egyptiian Pound

09:00 Stick this battery-powered Bluetooth light switch anywhere you want» Engadget RSS Feed
There are myriad devices like the Philips Hue that can be controlled with a smartphone, but how about just... a switch? A company called Avi-on was thinking the same thing, so it created a movable Bluetooth dimmer switch that simply sticks to your...
09:00 Google's redesigned Play Music app offers stations that suit your mood» Engadget RSS Feed
You know how there were hints that Google Play Music was about to get a Material Design makeover? As it turns out, that's just a small piece of what's in store. Google has updated its Play Music Android, iOS and web apps with a new Listen Now page...
09:00 Engadget and JetBlue will beam you to Expand!» Engadget RSS Feed
We're sending one lucky Engadget reader (and a guest of choice) to Engadget Expand in New York City on November 7-8, thanks to our friends at JetBlue Airways and our sponsors. What's more, if you're one of the 10 runners-up, Suitable Technologies...
08:46 Ancient Human Skulls Reveal When Europeans Could Drink Milk» LiveScience.com
The DNA from 13 ancient humans reveals the evolution of lighter skin and lactose tolerance. The skeletons were found in archaeological burial sites unearthed during highway construction in the Great Hungarian Plain in Central Europe.
08:30 Vine Makes It Easier to Discover Videos With New Channels Feature» WIRED
Vine Makes It Easier to Discover Videos With New Channels Feature

Vine’s six-second looping videos can be endlessly entertaining, given the Vines in your feed are actually worth watching. In an effort to get its users spending more time in their home feed (and checking out interesting Vines they may not otherwise see), Twitter-owned Vine updated its app today so you can follow channels. Vine introduced […]

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08:30 Alien Director Ridley Scott To Make An Ebola Miniseries» Neatorama

Image Credit: Gage Skidmore

Brilliant director Ridley Scott is taking a stab at adapting the terrifying 1994 book about an Ebola outbreak called The Hot Zone into a TV minseries. Not sure if this has been green lit because of the fact that Ebola is all up in our news and our social media and our subconsciousness, but you can read more about the miniseries at WeGotThisCovered. Also: The Hot Zone author Richard Preston talks about a possible update to his 1994 bestseller in the New York Times.

The reality is, I loved the book (even though it is super scary) and I think Ridley Scott is brilliant (I am even one of the seven people who don't hate Prometheus), so as long as I have not died of Ebola by the time the show comes out, I will definitely watch it.

I just totally doomed myself to die of Ebola, huh?


08:28 NPR: '80s ads are responsible for the lack of women coders» Engadget RSS Feed
Back in the day, computer science was as legitimate a career path for women as in medicine, law or science. But in 1984, the number of females majoring in computing-related subjects began to fall, and is now as low as 20 percent compared to those...
08:12 U.S. national security prosecutors shift focus from spies to cyber» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

A magnifying glass is held in front of a computer screen in this picture illustration taken in BerlinBy Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is restructuring its national security prosecution team to deal with cyber attacks and the threat of sensitive technology ending up in the wrong hands, as American business and government agencies face more intrusions. The revamp, led by Assistant Attorney General John Carlin, also marks a recognition that national security threats have broadened and become more technologically savvy since the 9/11 attacks against the United States. ...

08:03 Delivering Malicious Android Apps Hidden In Image Files» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers have found a way to deliver a malicious app to Android users by hiding it into what seems to be an encrypted image file, which is then delivered via a legitimate, seemingly innocuous wrapper app. Fortinet malware researcher Axelle Apvrille and reverse engineer Ange Albertini created a custom tool they dubbed AngeCryption, which allows them to encrypt the payload Android application package (APK) and make it look like an image (PNG, JPG) file . They also had to create another APK that carries the "booby-trapped" image file and which can decrypt it to unveil the malicious APK file and install it. A malicious app thusly encrypted is nearly invisible to reverse engineers, and possibly even to AV solutions and Google's Android Bouncer." (Here's the original paper, from researchers Axelle Apvrille and Ange Albertini.)

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08:00 A Freak Show of Baked Goods» Neatorama

The TV series American Horror Story: Freak Show is premiering tonight in Britain on Fox UK. To promote the show, Miss Cakehead was commissioned to bake up some ghoulish goodies! She worked with food artist Jacqui Kelly to create "freaky fairground treats," like deep-fried rat on a stick, toffee apples with teeth, hot dogs with severed fingers in them, doughnuts filled with spiders, and toffee popcorn infested with creepy-crawlies. Ew!

Get a better look at each of these dreadful delights at Miss Cakehead’s website.

(Images credit: Justin Ramsden)

07:30 Where Did Last Names Come From?» Neatorama

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Craig from Mental Floss addresses the question "where did last names comes from" by briefly delving into the ancient history of the surname. Essentially, each region of the world adopted last names at different times, and their ways of choosing them differed. 

07:08 The Internet 'Sleeps’ As Homeland Security Watches | Video » LiveScience.com
University of Souther California researchers pinged 3.7 billion IP addresses over a 2 month period to create an animation of internet usage. The study was funded in part by the US Dept. Homeland Security and the USAF.
07:00 KISS Garden Gnomes» Neatorama

Amy Lynn of Geek Crafts turned two ceramic garden gnomes into performers for the glam metal band KISS. She used sculpey, model car paint, sequins, and beads to make guitarist Gene Simmons and drummer Peter Criss. All Amy needs now is a few firecrackers to complete the scene.

06:59 Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected» Slashdot
countach44 writes that (in the words of the below-linked article) "Chicagoans are costing the city tens of millions of dollars — through good behavior." The City of Chicago recently installed speed cameras near parks and schools as part of the "Children's Safety Zone Program," claiming a desire to decrease traffic-related incidents in those area. The city originally budgeted (with the help of the company providing the system) to have $90M worth of income from the cameras — of which only $40M is now expected. Furthermore, the city has not presented data on whether or not those areas have become safer.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

06:59 Mars Orbiter Beams Back Images of Comet's Surprisingly Tiny Nucleus» Slashdot
astroengine writes The High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on board NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has become the first instrument orbiting Mars to beam back images of comet Siding Spring's nucleus and coma. And by default, it has also become the first ever mission to photograph a long-period comet's pristine nucleus on its first foray into the inner solar system. Interestingly, through analysis of these first HiRISE observations, astronomers have determined that the icy nucleus at the comet's core is much smaller than originally thought. "Telescopic observers had modeled the size of the nucleus as about half a mile, or one kilometer, wide," writes a NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory news release. "However, the best HiRISE images show only two to three pixels across the brightest feature, probably the nucleus, suggesting a size less than half that estimate."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

06:37 Israel's ThetaRay turns to maths to detect cyber threats» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News
By Tova Cohen HOD HASHARON Israel (Reuters) - As businesses face a growing threat of cyber attacks, Israeli start-up ThetaRay is betting on maths to provide early detection, enabling the shutdown of systems before damage can be done. The year-old company's first investor was venture capital firm Jerusalem Venture Partners. It is now also backed by heavyweights like General Electric, which uses ThetaRay to protect critical infrastructure such as power plants, and Israel's biggest bank, Hapoalim, which deployed the technology to detect bank account anomalies. ...
06:30 Are Photorealistic Video Games Possible One Day?» Neatorama

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I remember a few years back, sitting and playing the opening level of God of War 3 on my Playstation 3, and I thought to myself games are not going to get much better looking than this. That was four years ago, and even with a whole new generation of consoles now, I still stand behind the thoughts. Yes, there are games that are visually stunning, but we have almost reached a peak in gaming, visually speaking. Some of us wonder where it will go next. Just how much better looking can games get, really?

Well, the uber-nerds over at Gamespot try to pose and answer the question many of us have wondered for the last few years now:

Are photorealistic games possible?

06:25 This Family Doesn't Sweat: Here's Why» LiveScience.com
A rare disorder in which people can't produce sweat may be caused by a mutation in a single gene, according to a new study.
06:08 Mystery startup Magic Leap raises $542 mln from Google, others» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News
(Reuters) - Magic Leap Inc, a startup focused on augmented reality technology, said it raised $542 million in a funding round led by Google Inc. Little is known about Magic Leap's product, but founder and CEO Rony Abovitz said in February that his company's mission was to "develop and commercialize.. the most natural and human-friendly wearable computing interface in the world." (http://bit.ly/ZEocLU) Investors in the latest round included Qualcomm Inc, the world's No.1 mobile phone chipmaker, Andreessen Horowitz, KKR and Legendary Entertainment. ...
06:00 Breathe Clean With the Dyson Humidifier» Neatorama

Air humidifiers can be a must-have in dry winter weather, but shooting wet, still water into the air is a great way to fill your home with bacteria. The new Dyson humidifier uses a UV sanitizing light to clean 99.9% of bacteria from the water it injects into the air, keeping your air clean while helping you not dry out. 

Read more about the new Dyson product over at Homes and Hues: The New Dyson Humidifier Seeks to Clean Your Air While Adding Moisture

05:59 Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals» Slashdot
HughPickens.com writes: CNNMoney reports that Facebook has sent a letter to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration demanding that agents stop impersonating users on the social network. "The DEA's deceptive actions... threaten the integrity of our community," Facebook chief security officer Joe Sullivan wrote to DEA head Michele Leonhart. "Using Facebook to impersonate others abuses that trust and makes people feel less safe and secure when using our service." Facebook's letter comes on the heels of reports that the DEA impersonated a young woman on Facebook to communicate with suspected criminals, and the Department of Justice argued that they had the right to do so. Facebook contends that their terms and Community Standards — which the DEA agent had to acknowledge and agree to when registering for a Facebook account — expressly prohibit the creation and use of fake accounts. "Isn't this the definition of identity theft?" says privacy researcher Runa Sandvik. The DEA has declined to comment and referred all questions to the Justice Department, which has not returned CNNMoney's calls.

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05:59 3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison» Slashdot
jfruh writes: Japan has some of the strictest anti-gun laws in the world, and the authorities there aim to make sure new technologies don't open any loopholes. 28-year-old engineer Yoshitomo Imura has been sentenced to two years in jail after making guns with a 3D printer in his home in Kawasaki.

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05:33 Can Forces Be Transferred?» WIRED
Can Forces Be Transferred?

Suppose you toss a ball in the air. After leaving your hand, it rises and slows down as it rises. Why? Does it slow down because some force runs out as it rises? Is the force of the hand transferred to the ball? Are forces transferred at all? Students might have a discussion something like […]

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05:30 An Apology to Women» Neatorama

The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research.

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How to make science popular with the fair sex
by Sylvester Bames, PhD.
Royal Academy of the Sciences London, England

It has always dismayed me that women dislike science. It needn't be so, though. There is a simple way to make science comfortable and appealing to females.

The Differences Between Men and Women
An American author called Deborah Tannen has written several books in which she examines the differences between men and women. Tannen has discovered a basic technique that I would recommend to every scientist, and indeed to anyone who writes about science. The secret is simply to use the phrase "I'm sorry."

Tannen eavesdropped on many conversations between men and women. She also listened to tape recorded conversations that friends and colleagues had made for her. One of the great differences between the sexes, Tannen discovered, is thai women utter the phrase ''I'm sorry" in almost every conversation. Men say "I'm sorry" only when they are apologizing about something.

The Success of Women
When women say "I'm sorry," they are not apologizing. They are using the phrase as "a ritual to grease the conversational wheels." All women understand this, Tannen explains. They do not expect the words to be taken literally. However -and this is the key point- women expect everyone to use this same ritual when speaking to them.<p style="clear: both">

The Failure of Men
Men do not say "I'm sorry" all the time. This is a grave mistake. As Tannen neatly puts it, “This can lead to resentment on the part of the ritual apologizer." In other words, when a man fails to say a ritual ''I'm sorry," he comes across as a self-centered, domineering lout.

This is useful knowledge, and we should all be grateful to Tannen for pointing it out.

How to Make Science Appealing to Women
Whether you are lecturing about science or writing about science, here is how to make it palatable to women.

Prepare your lecture or your paper in the normal manner. When you have polished it, and are prepared to deliver the talk or publish the report, you must take one extra step. It is a simple thing. At the beginning of your report, just add an apology. There is no need to specify what you are apologizing for. Just begin with the words ''I'm sorry." At the end of your report, apologize again.

If your report is lengthy, you need to sustain the interest of the females. It's not a bad idea to add an apology at the beginning of every new chapter or section. An average of one apology every ten minutes will suffice.

Do this, and you will soon find that your scientific reports are as fascinating to women as they are to men. Professionally, it will expand your circle of influence. Socially, too, it will work wonders. You will be amazed that, after years of thinking that females are put off by scientists, you have become the life of the party.

Sorry Advice
To summarize-when you talk about science, say "I'm sorry," and say it often. Then you will never have to apologize for being a scientist.

(Image credit: Flickr user Andrew Yee)

That's Not What I Meant!: How Conversational Style Makes or Breaks Your Relations With Others, Deborah Tannen, William Morrow, Ballantine, New York, 1986.

You Just Don't Understand, Deborah Tannen, William Morrow, New York, 1990.

Talking from 9 to 5. Women and Men in the Workplace: Language, Sex and Power, Deborah Tannen, Avon Books, New York, 1994.


This article is republished with permission from the May-June 1998 issue of the Annals of Improbable Research. You can purchase back issues of the magazine or subscribe to receive future issues, in printed or in ebook form. Or get a subscription for someone as a gift!

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05:09 King Tut's Health: New Mummy Scans Refute Old Diagnosis of Pharaohs» LiveScience.com
Several ancient Egyptian pharaohs, such as Ramesses the Great and King Tut, didn't have a painful inflammatory disorder called ankylosing spondylitis as scientists had thought. But they did have mild back disorder linked to old age.
05:00 Cops Won't Help You: 7 Things I Saw as a Real Slasher Victim» Cracked: All Posts
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05:00 7 Creepy Video Game Easter Eggs We Wish We Never Found» Cracked: All Posts
By Maxwell Yezpitelok,M. Asher Cantrell,Moycal J. Caine  Published: October 21st, 2014  When you're caught up in a good video game, you're usually in a pretty oblivious state: you can barely notice your bladder is about to explode from not taking a bathroom break in 15 hours, let alone pay attention to every little detail on your screen
05:00 6 Things I Learned Playing 'Alien: Isolation' for 16 Hours» Cracked: All Posts
By David Christopher Bell  Published: October 21st, 2014  Alien: Isolation, billed as a Ridley Scott survival-horror game instead of a James Cameron first-person shooter, boasts over 15 hours of unblinking gameplay. Not being much of a gamer myself, to me half a day seems needlessly excessive. Especially si
05:00 6 Halloween Pranks for Sociopaths With Unlimited Budgets» Cracked: All Posts
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05:00 4 Famous Teams With Members They Don't Want You to Know» Cracked: All Posts
By Chris Bucholz  Published: October 21st, 2014  I love groups. There's no better way to conceal my crappy, garbage skills and personality than by placing myself in or on a group. Wavebreak Media/Getty Images "What's that smell? Bucholz, have you been fermenting pig assholes in your mouth again?" I
04:50 Inside Secure threatens security researcher who demonstrated product flaws» Boing Boing

Martin Holst Swende maintains a free/open tool for testing software that uses the (notoriously flawed) Iclass Software, which is used by Inside Secure for its RFID-based access systems. Read the rest

04:42 Thousands of Historic Archives from British Asylums to Go Online» LiveScience.com
The Wellcome Library will digitize records from British asylums from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, including not only case reports but also the paintings and poetry of psychiatric patients.
04:40 500-Year-Old Traces of Monster Hawaii Tsunami Discovered» LiveScience.com
A powerful earthquake in Alaska sent towering waves up to 30 feet (9 meters) tall crashing down on Hawaii about 500 years ago, leaving behind fragments of coral, shells and coarse beach sand in a sinkhole located on the island of Kauai, research shows.
04:00 Shreveport Fangbangers - A Sports Team You Can Really Sink Your Teeth Into» Neatorama

Shreveport Fangbangers by Fishbiscuit

When the strange folks who live in Shreveport decided to form their own baseball team they had a hard time deciding on a name, so they looked to fictional works that take place in their city for inspiration. They settled on a name that, despite all logic, really appealed to the townsfolk- the Shreveport Fangbangers. It seems the town had a true liking for that racy vampire show on cable, and they didn't even mind that their team logo had blood dripping down the side, because it made their team look even more terrifying to the opposition!

Support your favorite fictional sports team with this Shreveport Fangbangers t-shirt by Fishbiscuit, and be glad your beloved vamps are sexy rather than sparkly.

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04:00 Foxcatcher Trailer Looks To Change The Way We See Steve Carell» Neatorama

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You know those moments when you see a trailer and you just know the movie will have some kind of impact on you? That is how I feel about the Foxcatcher trailer. A movie where the normally hilarious and perpetually innocent Steve Carell will take on the much darker demeanor of real life criminal and wrestling enthusiast, John Du Pont.

You can tell this is going to be a game-changer for Carell. An incredibly talented guy who, quite frankly, deserves it. I will toss a little warning your way. The trailer may give a little more away than some may like, so be prepared for that. Sadly, that is how most trailers work lately anyway. You can't be THAT mad, though. This all already happened in real life. Also, allow how much he looks like his Groot character from Despicable Me to distract you from the spoilers in the trailer.

Keep your eyes peeled for Foxcatcher this November. Also, I didn't bring up Channing Tatum on purpose. This isn't Tiger Beat. Just kidding, Channing. We love you. 28 Jump Street: Wrestling School yo!

03:33 Djibouti Internet start-up aims to boost broadband speeds across east Africa» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News
By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - Internet access in east Africa is still relatively slow and costly but a Djibouti-based technology start-up company has ambitions to help change that. Djibouti Data Center (DDC), set up by a group of local and international investors 18 months ago, is the first data center and Internet exchange in east Africa connected to eight fiber optic cables that are part of the main Internet route from Europe to Asia. ...
03:30 This Seat-Back Screen Lets Airlines Swap in the Latest Tablet Tech» WIRED
This Seat-Back Screen Lets Airlines Swap in the Latest Tablet Tech

Lufthansa Systems is testing a plastic screen that goes in front of whatever the passenger's watching, allowing airlines to circumvent a cumbersome testing process.

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03:30 We’ve Got Retro Soul and Surprise Reunions in This Week’s Playlist» WIRED
We’ve Got Retro Soul and Surprise Reunions in This Week’s Playlist

Young Texas musicians like Leon Bridges are making pitch-perfect retro soul that sounds like Sam Cooke; Chance the Rapper continues to be one of rap's most unvarnished and experimental MCs; and 20 years after their last album, Sleater Kinney comes out of NOWHERE to announce a new album and drop its first single.

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03:30 Big Hero 6 Proves It: Pixar’s Gurus Have Brought the Magic Back to Disney Animation» WIRED
Big Hero 6 Proves It: Pixar’s Gurus Have Brought the Magic Back to Disney Animation

The film is set in San Fransokyo, a mashup of a Japanese megacity and an exaggerated-scale San Francisco. T: Sean Freeman John Lasseter is tearing up. His eyes are shining and his lashes are moist. He reaches out a warm hand to cover mine and looks deep into my eyes as he talks. He's feeling […]

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03:30 Gamergate Goons Can Scream All They Want, But They Can’t Stop Progress» WIRED
Gamergate Goons Can Scream All They Want, But They Can’t Stop Progress

Games aren’t very fun these days. As anyone paying even tangential attention to videogames likely knows, the medium is in the throes of a misogynist backlash so virulent it often could be described as terrorism. In the past nine weeks, three female games professionals—Anita Sarkeesian, Brianna Wu, and Zoe Quinn—have been driven from their homes […]

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03:30 A Bold Vision for the Future of the Postage Stamp» WIRED
A Bold Vision for the Future of the Postage Stamp

The beauty of the idea is how much it simply relies on infrastructure that already exists.

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03:30 This Incredible Oculus Sim Lets Soccer Players Relive Games» WIRED
This Incredible Oculus Sim Lets Soccer Players Relive Games

For many athletes, watching game film is a necessary chore. Reviewing their past performance while coaches point out flaws and missteps is hardly the highlight of the week. While they may not be able to cut down on the coaches’ critiques, a Dutch company has made looking at game tape amazingly better, tapping into the […]

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03:30 Why Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Loves What Steve Ballmer Once Despised» WIRED
Why Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Loves What Steve Ballmer Once Despised

“I don’t want to fight old battles,” says Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. “I want to fight new ones.” It’s Sunday evening, and Nadella is sitting in a glass-enclosed room at the back of a Japanese restaurant in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, eating sushi with a few reporters. As the meal began, one reporter promptly […]

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03:30 What It Could Be Like to Live on Mars» WIRED
What It Could Be Like to Live on Mars

Plans Courtesy of Blue Planet Research Bryan Christie Design I'd always wanted to visit Mars. Instead I got Hawaii. There, about 8,200 feet above sea level on Mauna Loa, sits a geodesically domed habitat for testing crew psychology and technologies for boldly going. I did a four-month tour at the NASA-funded HI-SEAS—that's Hawaii Space Exploration […]

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03:30 Startup Makes Smart-Home Lighting as Easy as Screwing in a Lightbulb» WIRED
Startup Makes Smart-Home Lighting as Easy as Screwing in a Lightbulb

Installing connected home lighting is often costly and complicated. A new startup called Avi-On is trying to change this, starting with the seemingly mundane light switch.

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03:30 A Full-Body Mouse: Click With Your Leg, Scroll With Your Hips» WIRED
A Full-Body Mouse: Click With Your Leg, Scroll With Your Hips

To combat sitting disease, why not amplify your computer interactions into something that engages the entire body?

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03:30 This Is the Internettiest Music Video That Ever Internetted» WIRED
This Is the Internettiest Music Video That Ever Internetted

The Bots' new video for "All I Really Want" imagines the song as a "BotsFeed" listicle, where Fresh Prince GIFs and cute pandas reign supreme.

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03:30 The Best Biology Photos of the Year» WIRED
The Best Biology Photos of the Year

The winners of the Society of Biology's third annual photography contest include amazing images of a haunting leopard, an otherworldly spider, and Yellowstone National Park's Grand Prismatic Spring.

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03:30 Intimate Images of US Marshals From an Embedded Photographer» WIRED
Intimate Images of US Marshals From an Embedded Photographer

The FBI may get all the love (and movies), but the US Marshals Service is America’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. Brian Finke spent nearly four years embedded with the marshals, chronicling their daily lives with intimate, revealing images that peer into an often dangerous world. “I felt like it was my own version of the […]

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03:00 Nielsen Will Soon Rate Everything on the Web, From Videos to Articles» WIRED
Nielsen Will Soon Rate Everything on the Web, From Videos to Articles

The Nielsen ratings have long held huge sway over the business of television, but television isn’t like it used to be. So, on Tuesday, Nielsen announced that it’s expanding its ratings system to all kinds of digital content to give both its creators and advertisers a more meaningful way to measure popularity in the online […]

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03:00 The Dos and Don'ts of Pokémon Ownership» Neatorama

Are you going to be a nice Pokémon trainer or an effective one? Andy Kluthe and Andrew Bridgman of Dorkly explain the stark choices that you have.  You certainly don't want your Pokémon battle ending before it begins with a hug between the opposing monsters.

But perhaps guide is simpler than it seems. Dorkly commenter Enrico Fethry Migliorini writes:

Left column: game
Right column: cartoon

02:53 3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison» Slashdot
jfruh writes: Japan has some of the strictest anti-gun laws in the world, and the authorities there aim to make sure new technologies don't open any loopholes. 28-year-old engineer Yoshitomo Imura has been sentenced to two years in jail after making guns with a 3D printer in his home in Kawasaki.

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02:00 9 People Killed By Unexpected Things That Fell From the Sky» Neatorama

Image Credit: Hariadhi

So imagine one day you are at a fast food taco place we will call Taco Hut for legal reasons, and right before you get to take your first bite of their weird meat substitute covered in fake cheese and wrapped in God knows what, the giant sign in the parking lot doubles over and lands on you, killing you instantly. I know that sounds like a Monty Python sketch that would satire American excess, but that actually happened to someone.

The craziest part?

That is only one story. There are more people who were unexpectedly crushed by even stranger things. 9 people killed by unexpected things that fell from the sky reads like a Twilight Zone episode. It is like chicken little's greatest warning cry to us all was true, and to think, we just scoffed at him.

01:00 Paralyzed Artist Learns to Paint with Her Mouth» Neatorama

At the age of 20, Mariam Fatima Paré was an art student in college. She had a promising career ahead of her. Then she was shot in the back and left paralyzed from the neck down.

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But that didn’t stop her. Paré began the long, difficult struggle to learn how to live with her new limitations. She wanted to paint again, so she learned how to hold a brush with her mouth. Over the years, Paré has developed as an artist, holding exhibitions and selling her works to collections.

00:46 Australian Physicists Build Reversible Tractor Beam» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes: Physicists at Australian National University have developed a tiny tractor beam that improves in several ways upon previous attempts. First, it operates on scales which, while still tiny, are higher than in earlier experiments. The beam can move particles up to 200 microns in diameter, and it can do so over a distance of 20 cm. "Unlike previous techniques, which used photon momentum to impart motion, the ANU tractor beam relies on the energy of the laser heating up the particles and the air around them (abstract). The ANU team demonstrated the effect on gold-coated hollow glass particles. The particles are trapped in the dark center of the beam. Energy from the laser hits the particle and travels across its surface, where it is absorbed creating hotspots on the surface. Air particles colliding with the hotspots heat up and shoot away from the surface, which causes the particle to recoil, in the opposite direction. To manipulate the particle, the team move the position of the hotspot by carefully controlling the polarization of the laser beam."

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00:00 If I Had Known My Mother Back Then» Neatorama

Graphic artist Danielle Delph shows us a very personal project in which she combed through old family photographs and matched some from her childhood with those of her mother’s childhood. And then combined them.

I've always wondered if my mom and I would have been friends had we grown up together. Would we be in the same classes? Would we have the same sense of humor? Would people tell us we're inseparable? After seeing myself in her childhood photos, I'm pretty sure we would have been great friends..

Melding the images gives us a pair of intergenerational best friends. See the sweet results in six images at Delph’s website. You can tell who is who by the hairstyles and clothing. -via mental_floss

Mon 20 October, 2014

23:36 Doctor Who To Teach Kids To Code» Slashdot
DCFC writes: The BBC is releasing a game to help 8- to 11-year-old kids get into coding. Based on Doctor Who, it alternates between a standard platform game and programming puzzles that introduce the ideas of sequence, loops, if..then, variables and a touch of event-driven programming. Kids will get to program a Dalek to make him more powerful. (Apparently the BBC thinks upgrading psychopathic, racist death machines is a good idea!)

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23:24 Four Extreme Weather Changes and Why They're Happening Now » LiveScience.com
Weather extremes, from intense rains in the western United States to flooding in the northeast, are directly tied to a warming climate.
23:00 Horror Short: Mockingbird» Neatorama

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The helplessness of an infant is something most horror writers and directors wont even tread on. They know it is too much for some people to even try to fathom, so they don't touch it. For that reason, when someone does finally tread, it can be even more terrifying a thought because we so rarely "go there".

This leads us to Mockingbird. An amazing little horror short from the crew over at FEWDIO. It takes the idea of the helplessness of a child to new heights, all while never showing us a thing. Just using the simplicity of a haunting nursery rhyme and great sound design to drive the horror home. Don't worry, it's not gory. It's very disturbing, but not gory. When horror is this scary, it doesn't have to be gory.

I have said this about Fewdio's work before (seriously, go spend a few hours on their YouTube page after you spent a few hours here) and I will say it again: they do more with horror in two minutes than most full length, big budget, million dollar films. Hell, here they only needed a minute and a half.

22:30 Security Company Tries To Hide Flaws By Threatening Infringement Suit» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes: An RFID-based access control system called IClass is used across the globe to provide physical access controls. This system relies on cryptography to secure communications between a tag and a reader. Since 2010, several academic papers have been released which expose the cryptographic insecurity of the IClass system. Based on these papers, Martin Holst Swende implemented the IClass ciphers in a software library, which he released under the GNU General Public License. The library is useful to experiment with and determine the security level of an access control system (that you own or have explicit consent to study). However, last Friday, Swende received an email from INSIDE Secure, which notified him of (potential) intellectual property infringement, warning him off distributing the library under threat of "infringement action." Interestingly, it seems this is not the first time HID Global has exerted legal pressure to suppress information.

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22:00 TARDIS Console Jack-o'-Lantern» Neatorama

This exquisitely carved jack-o'-lantern by Melissa, the Empress of Squee, shows the main control room of the TARDIS. The console is an orange with seeds for the controls. Very clever!

Hopefully someone expands on this idea and creates a jack-o'-lantern that shows all of the other rooms of the TARDIS, including the swimming pool, the bedrooms, the wardrobe, and the armory.

-via That's Nerdalicious!

21:30 A Look At Orion's Launch Abort System» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes: With the construction of Orion, NASA's new manned spacecraft, comes the creation of a new Launch Abort System — the part of the vehicle that will get future astronauts back to Earth safely if there's a problem at launch. The Planetary Society's Jason Davis describes it: "When Orion reaches the apex of its abort flight, it is allowed to make its 180-degree flip. The capsule of astronauts, who have already realized they will not go to space today, experience a brief moment of weightlessness before the capsule starts falling back to Earth, heat shield down. The jettison motor fires, pulling the LAS away from Orion. ... Orion, meanwhile, sheds its Forward Bay Cover, a ring at the top of the capsule protecting the parachutes. Two drogue chutes deploy, stabilizing the wobbling capsule. The drogues pull out Orion's three main chutes, no doubt eliciting a sigh of relief from the spacecraft's occupants."

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